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Colloque international "La latinité en question" - Déclaration de Paris de l’Union latine

Union latine - Maison de l’Amérique latine, Paris le 19 mars 2004 - 2004/03/19

The Latin Union, in collaboration with the French and Italian ministries of foreign affairs, the University Agency of the Francophonie, Institut des Hautes Études de l'Amérique latine, Maison de l'Amérique latine, Instituto Cervantès, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, and Académie de la Latinité, organized an international university symposium entitled Latinity in Question from March 16 to 19, 2004. The main focus of the event was to “gain a better grasp […] of the significance, validity, relevance, and content of the notion of latinity in a geopolitical context increasingly dictated by issues of globalization.” A total of 38 specialists from all across the Latin diaspora presented papers at the opening panel discussion and during the six sessions, allowing participants to “stress the extremely diverse means with which Latins in Africa, the Americas, and Europe express their latinity” and demonstrate the “continued relevance of contemporary latinity, which, throughout history, has consistently shown remarkable openness to others, respecting their differences while keeping borders open.” The symposium concluded with the adoption of a declaration summarizing the Latin Union’s vocation: “to actively contribute to the sustainability, relevance, and dissemination of the message of latinity and to serve as a voice of wisdom and conviction in contemporary debate.” In the declaration, participants “recognized that the Latin countries, far from renouncing their cultural identity, are determined to build upon it in order to make a positive contribution to globalization on a human scale.” They also expressed their “complete support for UNESCO initiatives to undertake negotiations on an international  convention on cultural diversity,” which they deemed an urgent priority due to the “the acceleration of globalization.” (Available in French)